Kazakhs eager to please home fans with victory


Almaty, Kazakhstan, June 24, 2016 - As they meet Spain in FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 Group 3 on Saturday, Kazakhstan will try to use their home advantage to please their fans with the first win in Almaty.

• The only two World League matches between Kazakhstan and Spain came in the 2015 edition. Spain won 3-1 on 14 June and 3-0 on 20 June. 
• Kazakhstan are the only team with multiple World League encounters against Spain without winning one.
• Their only other encounter at a major tournament this century came at the 2002 World Championship, which was also won by Spain (3-1).
• Kazakhstan won the first set in both of Spain's 3-1 victories over them.  

• After winning their first ever WL encounter on 12 June 2015, Kazakhstan have now lost eight of their last nine in the competition.
• All four WL meetings in 2016 involving Kazakhstan have resulted in a straight sets victory (3 wins for opponents, 1 win for Kazakhstan).
• Vitaliy Vorivodin is Kazakhstan's leading scorer with 48 points, four more than Maxim Mamedov.
• Sergey Kuznetsov has an average of 7.6 setups per set.

• Spain lost their last match against Chinese Taipei 3-1. They have now lost two in a row in the 2016 World League. 
• The last time Spain lost three consecutive matches in a single campaign came in 2008 when they lost seven in a row.
• Andrés J. Villena is Spain's top scorer this tournament with 89 points including a team-high 83 spikes.
• Jorge Fernández Valcarcel has scored 11 points with blocks.


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